WATCH: Sheffield bird charity warns public about return of breeding birds

10 March 2022

A Sheffield bird charity asks the public to be aware as birds return to breeding ground.

Peter Garrity, a committee member of Sheffield Bird Study Group, said: “It is crucial to protect birds because if nature dies, we all die too, people should know this by now.”

Since the 1960s, the number of birds in the UK has dropped by 40%, with 19 million fewer pairs of breeding birds and two million juvenile birds, this trend also applies to Sheffield.  

Human activities are the main reasons for the decline. Dog walking and disturbance at places such as Redmires and Orgreave often affect migratory birds. 

People must stick to official paths and keep dogs under control on open access land from March to the end of August, to protect vulnerable nesting birds. 

 

Written by Yiying Fan

Journalism student at the University of Sheffield.

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